Phew! We've been working on putting this one together with the Newport Folk Fest ever since January, when we saw this incredible film on our first day at Sundance! We're thrilled that it's going to happen...Do not miss it! Seriously.
Here is the official release:
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN TO SCREEN AS PART OF NEWPORTFILM’S 2012 SUMMER LINE-UP
RODRIGUEZ TO PERFORM AT THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
New York, NY – June 28, 2012 – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, will screen at newportFILM 2012 in collaboration with the Newport Folk Festival. The film will screen on Saturday, July 28, 2012, 8 p.m. at the Jane Pickens Theater as part of the newportFILM summer line-up. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez, the subject of the film. Rodriguez will perform as part of the Newport Folk Festival line-up on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Tickets for the screening can be purchased at http://www.newportfilm.com/films/searching-sugar-man.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN has received multiple awards on the film festival circuit including the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize and the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film was an official selection for the SXSW Film Festival 2012, the Tribeca Film Festival 2012 and the upcoming Hamptons International Film Festival Summer Docs series hosted by Alec Baldwin.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 27, 2012 and will platform nationwide in the following weeks. The SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is set for release on July 24, 2012 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The vinyl version of the soundtrack will be released by Light In The Attic Records.
ABOUT SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.